Picture it: Boston, Wednesday afternoon, September 14th, 2011. A 21 year old baseball player runs into a competitor nearly twice his age on the field of battle, and the wily veteran absorbs the punishment, but comes out the victor.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie left the game after the collision and is now listed as day-to-day. However, the knee didn’t seem to be bothering him too much later in the day, when the Blue Jays did their time honoured tradition thing.

Comments (17)

  1. Looks like his left knee collided with Varitek’s knee/shin guards.

  2. If you’re going to be out at the plate, always try to injure the opposing catcher. Unfortunately I discovered that this philosophy is not universally acceptable after being tossed from a father and son softball match.

    Kids today are too soft.

  3. Let me ask you this? How is this much different than the Cousins v Posey collission?? (other than the lack of serious injury, and chance of actually getting the runner out, but I’m just sayin….Lawrie went in for the kill).

  4. Very little difference at all.

  5. Well, other than a catcher who positions himself properly to absorb a hit.

  6. Regardless of the rules and ethics of runner/catcher collisions at home, I still think Lawrie had a better shot at being safe with a slide on this play than he did trying to knock the ball loose.

    • I totally agree. Diving at the edge of the plate would’ve forced Varitek to come across his body to make a tag.

      • Unless of course Captain Masshole sticks his leg out and breaks Lawrie’s arm. I hear what people are saying, but in that moment you react as you get close to the plate and go with it. It kind of seemed like Lawrie thought Varitek was going to cover more of the plate.

        I should clarify that I’m never a fan of this play. I am, however, interested in seeing what happens NEXT time Lawrie comes chugging around 3rd. A catcher with less balls might bail knowing Lawrie is not thinking slide at any point.

  7. Couldn’t find the video from this July 28th game but its a good thing Wieters missed this ball as it probably would’ve ended badly for either of them if he came up with it and stood his ground.

  8. No allusion to hockey? Gordie Dougie skates in for a beautiful open-field hit and you don’t commend him for it? Shame on you, Parkes.

  9. @ brainojack, i was thinking the same thing. That snider wieters collision would’ve made this hit look like girls soccer practise, with less hair pulling of course.

  10. MAPLE. BONER. If there’s any time when the Canadian edge comes into play, it’s that we know how to lay a good body check.

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